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Verse of the Day (September 20, 2019)

Verse of the Day (September 20, 2019) – A literary pivot turns the book in a new direction, from pain to promise. God now speaks, showing concern for his land and his people (v. 18) by promising to bless them (vv. 19-24), restoring what the locusts had consumed (vv. 25-26) along with his own reputation (v. 27). In the midst of this, they are still to call on him (vv. 21-24). Rather than using rivers like the neighboring Egyptians (the Nile) and Mesopotamians (the Tigris and Euphrates), Israel depended on rain to provide water to irrigate its fields (Lev 26:4). The early autumn rains in September-October softened the soil for plowing after the summer dry season, while the later spring rains allowed spring and summer crops to mature. They both are God’s blessing (Jer 5:24). (Zondervan Study Bible) #BMSeminary

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Verse of the Day (September 19, 2019)

Verse of the Day (September 19, 2019) – Christians are to avoid corrupting talk. They must speak in ways that are good for building up and giving grace, that is, what they say should benefit others rather than corrupting them. (ESV Global Study Bible) #BMSeminary

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Verse of the Day (September 18, 2019)

Verse of the Day (September 18, 2019) – Paul realizes that everyone naturally looks out for his or her own interests. The key is to take that same level of concern and apply it also to the interests of others. Such radical love is rare, so Paul shows its supreme example in Jesus’ life (vv. 5–11). (ESV Global Study Bible) #BMSeminary

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Verse of the Day (September 17, 2019)

Verse of the Day (September 17, 2019) – “be followers (imitators) of God”: This is a present middle (deponent) imperative. The English word “mimic” comes from this Greek root. In Eph 4:32; Eph 5:2 an imitator of God is defined as one who (1) forgives and (2) walks in love and selflessness like Jesus. These actions establish and maintain unity (cf. Eph 4:2-3). Believers must strive for the corporate good of the body, not individual rights, privileges, or freedoms (cf. Eph 4:3). “as dear (beloved) children”: Believers were called by the same theologically significant title as Jesus (cf. Eph 1:6). Believers are loved because He is loved. They are to reflect the family characteristics of the Father. Jesus and the Spirit restore the image of God in human beings marred in the fall of Genesis 3. (You Can Understand the Bible by Bob Utley) #BMSeminary

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Verse of the Day (September 16, 2019)

Verse of the Day (September 16, 2019) – Beginning at verse 13, James says that godly wisdom is necessary in a teacher. The teacher must exhibit a meek and practical application of the truth. One cannot teach what one does not live. (The King James Study Bible) #BMSeminary

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Verse of the Day (September 14, 2019)

Verse of the Day (September 14, 2019) – Paul knows that encouragement, participation in the Spirit, affection, and sympathy are realities in Christ and are present in the congregation at Philippi. He uses a conditional sentence (if) to lead the Philippians to reflect on whether these qualities are evident in their lives. Of the same mind, they are to use their different gifts (see 1 Corinthians 12) in a cooperative way, focusing on God’s glory. (ESV Global Study Bible) #BMSeminary